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Mv Marine

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will establish an inquiry into all the circumstances surrounding the ownership, management and loss of the MV Marine;(2) when he received the report by the Bahamian authorities on the loss of the MV Marine; what consideration he has given to its conclusions; and if he will make a statement.

The report of the investigation by the Bahamian authorities into the loss of MV Marine was received by the marine accident investigation branch on 29 May. Following his initial consideration of the report the chief inspector raised certain questions with the Bahamas, to which answers have now been received. We shall, in addition, be asking them to publish and expanded report which more fully reflects the depth of their investigation. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will decide whether any further inquiry is required when review of the Bahamian response is completed.